I just finished a cherry vanity and mirror for our newly remodeled bathroom.
As I was admiring it, I had a thought that Cherry baseboard around the
bathroom sure would look great with that.
I need less than 20 feet. I've found several cutters with a decent profile
for the first 2" or so at the top, something along these lines
but that still leaves about 1 1/2" (on a 3 1/2" baseboard) that I should do
something with - not just flat - some sort of simple decorative effect at
the botom half of the molding.
Anyone ever done anything like this ?? Or did you just buy the molding ? If
so, where ?
If you're only doing 20' and don't plan on using the cutters again it's
hardly worth the expense of buyng cutter that you probably won't be using
again. Look in the yellow pages for a lumbar yard that does millwork - call
around or look in the online Yellow Pages in some nearby towns. One of the
best ones in my area is really out in the middle of nowhere and they will
cut to your specs. Of course, for 20' you'll pay a premium because of the
setup time they have to incur for any custom job. You just might find
something off-the-rack that you like and can stain a matching color.
Jim, Buy the bit. After all, aren't we all looking for an excuse to buy
After you are all done, you may feel inspired to do more and you will be
happier than buying or having someone else make it for you.
BTW For a baseshoe mounding, you only need to mill the top profile and maybe
a bottom cove or bead. Leave the rest flat.
Good taste is knowing when to say, "Stop".
The reason that you have found those cutters is that most folks try to
replicate a three piece base.
Profile the top of your board as you will, I don't know what you
already have going on, so I will not suggest.
The bottom of the base should be a shoe, in my opinion.
If you start tarting up the field it will look like someone put casing
on the base - you don't want that.
In a general sense, the top fifth of the base is available for
profiling. Then you need a bit more than three fifths for the plain
field. The shoe takes up the rest.
An interesting question is how the base intersects the vanity.
I have always been a fan of the idea that the vanity base should be at
the height of the room base, less the top profile.
Just an opinion.
Tom Watson - WoodDorker
Tom - thanks for the education. After looking at some of the available
basboard profiles on the net, I see what you are saying. At some point, it
becomes case molding. I will keep it simple.
Is this from an aesthetic point of view? I've never found them
appealing aesthetically, but perhaps I am missing something. Of
course, they are very practical in a retrofit, for covering the bottom
edge of the base (hard to paint) and the outside edge of a wood floor
(hard to sand/finish).
This brand is good stuff but pricey, at least you can see some of the common
I'm with those that say leave a blank field between in the middle of
the baseboard. The last thing I would want to do is draw a guests eye
to the edges and corners of my bathroom floor, away from that beautiful
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